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The Petty Politics of Venezuela's Arms Purchases

By Marcela Sanchez
Friday, January 20, 2006

The White House has long been warning that the leftist government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez represents a destabilizing force in Latin America. In recent months Washington appears to have expanded its assessment of Chavez's threat to the region, and has moved to undermine arms deals that "could contribute," according to the State Department, to military as well as ideological destabilization.

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Blogger Camilo Pino said...

There are two contradictory reports circulating about the sell of French arms to Venezuela.

The first one, published in Spanish newspaper El País, says that French defense company Thales will produce weapons for eight patrol ships Venezuela is buying from Spain. The French company would charge US$275 m for the weapons, says the clip.

The second report comes from Strategy Page website. It says that French President Jacques Chirac turned down a Venezuelan bid to acquire two Scorpene diesel submarines valued in excess of US$ 1b. “Chirac is trying to rebuild relations with the U.S., but there's also serious concern about Venezuela's unstable President Hugo Chavez. French investments in Venezuela have been among those "foreign" interests threatened with "nationalization" by the Chavez regime,” explains the website.

If Strategy Page analysis was right France wouldn’t sale any weapons at all. To me, the submarine story sounds like a PR bluff to divert the attention while cashing a few hundred million.

March 13, 2006 11:11 PM


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